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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Nov 10, 2011 6:18am
Forum: occupywallstreet Subject: Tar Sands Oil Pipeline and the White House Occupation: a rational discussion
New Item on November 7, 2011

I am hopeful this debriefing will spark some candid discussions. Do you have 42 minutes to spare? Our future security on Planet Earth will very likely be hugely impacted by a decision on whether on not to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. I've put six video clips together in my New Item about Occupying The White House, and the Keystone XL Pipeline Protest. The total running time is 42:23. Thank You for reading this, and thanks for watching these video clips.

Tar Sands oil gets mined and produced in Alberta, Canada. Tar sands oil emits three times as much greenhouse gases as a regular barrel of Canadian crude because it is in solid form. It's a sludge! You have to use lots of energy to dig it out of the ground, liquefy it, and then put it into that pipeline.

• 9 Nov 2011 - The Obama administration remains undecided on the Keystone XL pipeline. Call or communicate your opposition to the White House:


Alberta Tar Sands Oil is the second biggest pool of carbon on the planet. If the US government goes ahead and makes it easier to develop that oil-sands project, then there is no credible way to insist that they're working hard on climate change.

Keystone XL Pipeline Protest at The White House

Occupation in Washington, DC • Sunday • 6 November 2011

10,000 Protesters Surround White House to Protest Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline
Bill McKibben interview on Democracy Now, 7 Nov 2011

Details for the Tar Sands Video Clips

Track 01 - 03:48 - Occupy the White House video report by Hunter Stuart
Huffington Post story on 7 Nov 2011
Several thousand protesters, some shouldering a long black inflatable replica of a pipeline, formed a human chain around the White House yesterday try to convince Barack Obama to block the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project. The proposed pipeline by TransCanada would transport a very dirty form of crude oil from the Alberta Tar Sands across the American heartland to Texas. Tar sands oil emits three times as much greenhouse gases as a regular barrel of Canadian crude because it is in solid form. You have to use lots of energy to dig it out of the ground, liquefy it, and then put it into that pipeline.

Organizer Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and activist. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Board at, an international climate campaign works in 188 countries around the world.

"That is the second biggest pool of carbon on the planet. If the US government goes ahead and makes it easier to develop that oil-sands project, then there is no credible way to insist that they're working hard on climate change," McKibben told the crowd.
Track 02 - 04:58 - Naomi Klein explains how Wall Street is Occupying the White House
Uploaded by KnewWorldNoing on Oct 6, 2011
Last month, award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein was in Washington, D.C., where she was arrested along with more than 1,000 people in two-week campaign of civil disobedience outside the White House against the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada's tar sands field to Gulf Coast refineries. Now in New York City to support the Occupy Wall Street protest, Klein is interviewed by Democracy Now! to discuss the connections between the two struggles, and the cozy relationship between the White House, the U.S. State Department that is considering the proposed pipeline, and Keystone XL lobbyists.

Naomi Klein says, "I think what's driving people to the streets in New York and around the country now, in the occupy together movement and moment, is the realization that change is not going to come through the ballot box because the political process has been bought and paid for. One thing that I find so inspiring about this moment, and I say this of both the Keystone XL protests and the Occupy Wall Street protest, is that my biggest fear about the Obama Presidency was that it was going to lead this generation of young people into political cynicism and political apathy, because you saw such tremendous hopes raised in 2008 and so many young people really drove that campaign, knocking on doors and sleeping on floors for Obama.

Many of us saw the betrayals coming. And they have come, in climate, more than any other area, but also just in the failure to provide hope for this generation. And they could be retreating into cynicism and apathy. But, instead of retreating into cynicism and apathy they are going to where the power is. They’re realizing that the change is not coming in Washington because politicians are so controlled by corporate interests, and that is the fundamental crisis in this country. And that’s what’s so profound about this. But, in terms of those emails, it"s just an illustration of it. So, you have Paul Elliott who was Deputy Campaign Director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, gets hired by TransCanada, which is the company that is building — wants to build this pipeline from the Alberta Tar Sands to Texas to carry a very dirty form of oil. Tar sands oil emits three times as much greenhouse gases as a regular barrel of Canadian crude, because, of course, it is in solid form. So, you have to use all of this energy to get it out and liquefy it and then to put it into that pipeline. So, it's very controversial. They know it’s controversial because there’s a huge international movement against the tar sands."

For the complete transcript, podcast, visit Democracy Now! for this story:
Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Controversy Shows How Wall Street Is Occupying U.S. Gov’t

• For additional Democracy Now! reports about the Occupied Wall Street protests, visit:
Occupy Wall Street - Democracy Now!
Track 03 - 14:48 - Bill McKibben explains why he was arrested at the White House
Uploaded by democracynow on Aug 23, 2011 - Fifty-two environmental activists were arrested Monday in front of the White House as part of an ongoing protest calling on the Obama administration to reject a permit for the 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline project, which would deliver Canada tar sands oil to refineries in Texas, and rather focus on developing clean energy. An estimated 2,000 people have signed up to hold sit-ins and commit other acts of civil disobedience outside the White House everyday for the next two weeks — 162 have already been arrested since Saturday. Also joining the protest are indigenous First Nations communities in Canada and landowners along the Keystone XL pipeline's planned route.

An editorial in Sunday's New York Times joined in calling on the State Department to reject the pipeline, noting that the extraction of petroleum from the tar sands creates far more greenhouse emissions than conventional production. Meanwhile, oil-industry backers of the project emphasize what they say are the economic benefits of the $7 billion proposal.

As the Obama administration remains undecided whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Democracy Now! speaks with Bill McKibben in Washington, D.C., where he was released Monday after spending two nights in jail. He is part of Tar Sands Action, a group of environmentalists, indigenous communities, labor unions and scientific experts, calling for action to stop the project. "This is the first real civil disobedience of this scale for the environmental movement in ages," McKibben says.

For the complete transcript, to download the podcast, or for more Democracy Now! reports on climate change issues, visit Over 160 Arrested in Ongoing Civil Disobedience Against Keystone XL Tar Sands Oil Pipeline
Track 04 - 04:24 - Tar Sands Protesters arrested at the White House
Uploaded by videonation on Sep 2, 2011
The Nation's George Zornick captured the scene at the White House this week, and documented the arrests of protesters.

Hundreds of people continue their nonviolent protest outside the White House, urging President Obama to not approve the potentially environmentally disastrous Keystone XL pipeline. The Keystone XL pipeline, which if approved would run from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico and carry some 900,000 barrels per day of crude oil refined from bitumen in the Canadian soil, has been denounced by environmentalist Bill McKibben and NASA scientist James Hansen and many other experts. But last week the State Department issued an assessment of the project that concluded that there would be "no significant impact" on natural resources near the pipeline route, while also downplaying the potential for increased greenhouse gas emissions.
Track 05 - 02:47 - James Hansen getting arrested at the White House
Dr. Hansen explains our hopes and dreams, and then he gets arrested.
James E. Hansen just before being arrested in front of the White House as part of the 2011 Tar Sands Action in Washington DC. He heads the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, a part of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has held this position since 1981. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

Dr. James E. Hansen - Columbia University

Dr. James E. Hansen - Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
Track 06 - 11:38 - Tar Sands Oil Extraction and The Dirty Truth
documentary Uploaded by SustainableGuidance on Apr 27, 2011
Environmental devastation of the land, water, and air - the largest industrial energy project in the world is extracting crude oil from bitumen found beneath the pristine boreal forest of Alberta, Canada. Effecting a land mass equivalent in size to Florida or England, Both industry and government are putting money before the health and security of its people and the environment.

Tar sands take 3 barrels of water to process every barrel of oil extracted. Ninety percent of this water becomes so toxic that it must be stored in tailing ponds. Unfortunately these ponds regularly leach pollution into the third largest watershed in the world.

Water depletion, exploitation, privatization and contamination has become one of the most important issues facing humanity this century.

Another video on water issues is Water: The Basics of Use, Pollution, and Our Health in 5 minutes. Learn more about the dark side of fossil fuels.

To learn more about tar sands, be sure to check out the featured film sources listed below. Find out more about what you can do and how to support the film makers.

Crude Sacrifice

Downstream -- (available to watch online)



Check out a new promising technology to eliminate tailing ponds:

Tar sands development can be minimized by blocking development of pipelines, such as Keystone XL, that carry the sludge of this incredibly polluting energy project. Tell Canada to clean up this mess and join with Bill McKibben and Josh Fox and let your voice be heard.

white house protest, pipeline - Googled for you

ogallala aquifer, pipeline - Googled for you

Track 07 animation: Five-Year Average Global Temperature Anomalies from 1880 to 2010

Animation Shows Averaged Gobal Temperature Anomalies

image shows global temperature anomalies averaged from 2006 to 2010



Global Warming Data and Analysis

Groups of scientists from several major institutions - NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), the Japanese Meteorological Agency and the Met Office Hadley Centre in the United Kingdom - tally data collected by temperature monitoring stations spread around the world and make an announcement about whether the previous year was a comparatively warm or cool year.

This analysis concerns only temperature anomalies, not absolute temperature. Temperature anomalies are computed relative to the base period 1951-1980. The reason to work with anomalies, rather than absolute temperature is that absolute temperature varies markedly in short distances, while monthly or annual temperature anomalies are representative of a much larger region. Indeed, we have shown (Hansen and Lebedeff, 1987) that temperature anomalies are strongly correlated out to distances of the order of 1000 km. For more information about this dataset, see

NASA's announcement this year - that 2010 ties 2005 as the warmest year in the 131-year instrumental record - made headlines. But, how much does the ranking of a single year matter?

Not all that much, emphasizes James Hansen, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. In the GISS analysis, for example, 2010 differed from 2005 by less than 0.01 °C (0.018 °F), a difference so small that the temperatures of these two years are indistinguishable, given the uncertainty of the calculation.

Meanwhile, the third warmest year - 2009 - is so close to 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007, with the maximum difference between the years being a mere 0.03 °C, that all six years are virtually tied.

Even for a near record-breaking year like 2010 the broader context is more important than a single year. "Certainly, it is interesting that 2010 was so warm despite the presence of a La Niña and a remarkably inactive sun, two factors that have a cooling influence on the planet, but far more important than any particular year's ranking are the decadal trends," Hansen said.

Please give credit for this visualization to:

• NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
• Data provided by Robert B. Schmunk (NASA/GSFC GISS)

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Measurements

• 03 Nov 2011 - Carbon emissions soar by 6 per cent in 2010
Written by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer

• Carbon Dioxide Variations - Trends in Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

What are the vast majority of the World's Leading Climate Scientists saying? The Earth is getting warmer now. Atmospheric CO2 levels have increased dramatically since 1900, when The Industrial Revolution took hold. Today these CO2 levels are being measured over 390 ppm. Increasing annual CO2 emissions cannot be sustained.


The basic physical property here is that warm air holds more water vapor than cold air. Today our Earth's atmosphere is about four percent wetter than it was 40 years ago. That's an enormous change in a basic physical parameter. It loads the dice in two distinct ways:

• Our Planet will experience increased drought and fires - as you’re getting increased evaporation.

• There will be deluge, downpours, and flooding.
And that's what we're seeing all over the planet.
• 23 May 2011 - Link between climate change and Joplin tornadoes? Never!
By Bill McKibben, Published in The Washington Post

Occupy Wall Street

Monte's Occupied Wall Street News & Journal
reporting for The Archive from Fort Collins
New Item on November 7, 2011

Keywords: OWS; Occupy Wall Street; Occupy White House; protesters arrested; Keystone XL Pipeline; TransCanada; Alberta Tar Sands oil; dirty oil; oil spills; water pollution; Ogallala Aquifer; environmental devastation; greenhouse gases; carbon dioxide emissions; global warming; climate change; deluge; downpours; flooding; James Hansen; Bill McKibben; Monte Barry

This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2011-11-10 14:18:27

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Nov 10, 2011 7:18am
Forum: occupywallstreet Subject: Re: Tar Sands Oil Pipeline and How The Game is Played

The Big Picture, imo:

It's all about maintaining Cheap Energy, selling more Weapons, and making huge profits for the Military Industrial Complex's Ponzi-scheme. Most of the war machine's profits earned go to petrol businesses and military contractors. For example: Exxon-Mobil, BP, Chevron, Shell, Conoco-Phillips, Halliburton, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, SAIC, Raytheon, Blackwater (Xe Services), etc. There are way too many to list here.

All Wall Street players in the one per cent club know how the game is played. Below is their Idiot's Guide for Hedge Fund Managers

"The Arms Industry"

Weapons is a HUGE Industry -- it's big business in the USA

This is a list of the ten countries with the highest defence budgets for the year 2008. The information is from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Total world spending amounted to $1.321 trillion USD in 2008.

World's largest defense budgets

RankCountrySpending ($ b.)World Share (%)% of GDP, 2008
World Total1321.19100
1United States United States904.041.54.3
2People's Republic of China China84.95.82.0
3France France65.74.52.3
4United Kingdom United Kingdom65.34.52.5
5Russia Russia58.64.03.5
6Germany Germany46.83.21.3
7Japan Japan46.33.20.9
8Italy Italy40.62.81.7
9Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia38.22.68.2
10India India32.72.12.6
a SIPRI estimate

The units in the table below are so-called trend indicator values expressed in millions of US dollars at 1990s prices. These values do not represent real financial flows but are a crude instrument to estimate volumes of arms transfers, regardless of the contracted prices, which can be as low as zero in the case of military aid. Ordered by descending 2000-2009 values. The information is from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

Current RankSupplier2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
1United States7220569450915596675066007394765860906795
5United Kingdom14841257915617118091580898710271024
11Sweden Sweden46830185515305537417367457353
15South Korea8165N/A10429489422880163

Today's Cheap Energy Prices Are Masking Tommorrow's High Costs

"Clean Coal"

Clean Coal is the biggest Myth of the 21st Century

Coal is Very DIRTY!

Coal mining using Moutain-top removal

retention pond wall collapse at Kingston Fossil (coal) Plant
"Cheap Natural Gas"

Hydraulic Fracturing FAQs


"Fracking" - Polluting Our Water Supply
• Google this term: -- Fracking Marcellus Shale
Tar Sands Oil
Peak Oil Crisis - the end of Cheap Oil


BP Oil spill - search Democracy Now Archives

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Nov 10, 2011 7:46am
Forum: occupywallstreet Subject: Re: How The Game is Played - new interview - David Crosby and Graham Nash

• 11 Nov 2011 - new interview with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez

Just days after performing at the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Lower Manhattan, the legendary musicians David Crosby and Graham Nash join Democracy Now live in their studio. For the duo, Occupy Wall Street is the latest in a number of causes they have supported in their historic careers stretching back nearly five decades. They are best known as founding members of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, a supergroup that performed at Woodstock and sold millions of records. Both are two-time inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Throughout their careers, politics has played a central role in their music. About the Occupy Wall Street movement, Crosby says: “There’s an awful lot of people who feel that they are not represented in Congress, that Congress has been bought by the large corporations, and that they are powerless and are getting the short end of the stick.”

Pay attention to what they say about Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Accidents.

Watch or Listen to this sixteen-minute interview